Darius Slay and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a restructured contract to release $9.14 million in cap area this 12 months, in keeping with a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
“This information hardly comes as a shock” is a line I’ve been utilizing quite a bit currently nevertheless it actually applies right here as soon as once more. We forecasted this final result just a few weeks in the past:
The Eagles clearly gained’t be reducing Slay however they’ll clear $6 million by buying and selling him. Some have been angered by this suggestion because the Eagles solely acquired him final 12 months and the crew doesn’t have a lot at cornerback with out him. But when the Eagles don’t commerce Slay, they’ll in all probability must restructure his contract to get beneath the cap. And doing so makes an extra dedication to a participant who turned 30 in January and could be coming off his greatest season with Eagles since cornerbacks don’t all the time age properly. The guess right here is the Eagles gained’t get presents for Slay that they discover appropriate and, once more, they simply don’t have a lot else on the place (although that shouldn’t matter a ton with 2021 not being an all-in 12 months anyway). The Eagles in all probability ought to commerce Slay however I’m guessing they gained’t.
If the Eagles did have affordable presents for Slay and easily didn’t need to take the L on a commerce they clearly shouldn’t have made, that may be disappointing. Nevertheless it’s fairly potential there wasn’t a robust marketplace for Slay given the mix of his age, contract, and underperformance final 12 months.
REVIEW: For a man who prefers to be known as “Huge Play Slay,” he positive didn’t make plenty of them in his first season with the Eagles. This isn’t to recommend Slay was horrible; he definitely represented an improve over what the Eagles have beforehand had at cornerback. However he wasn’t something superb. Professional Soccer Focus had Slay graded 59th out of 136 corners and a 115.6 passer ranking allowed when focused. Slay memorably bought his lunch eaten by D.Okay. Metcalf and Davante Adams in back-to-back weeks. In equity, he was lower than 100% [due to injury] and people are some actually, actually good vast receivers. However expectations had been rightfully excessive with the Eagles giving up two picks within the 2020 NFL Draft AND making Slay the highest-paid cornerback within the NFL on the time of his acquisition. Slay was good however wasn’t something resembling an elite difference-maker for the Birds. A minimum of he appeared fairly pleased concerning the one decide he had throughout a blowout loss to the Eagles’ largest division rival during which they had been formally eradicated from the playoffs.
To increase additional on the “difference-maker” level, buying Slay did completely nothing to rework the Eagles’ protection. They had been twentieth in opponent yards per move try and fifteenth in move protection DVOA in 2019. They really worsened in these classes after buying Slay, dropping to twenty second and twenty fourth, respectively.
I’m positive some can be wont in charge dearly departed Jim Schwartz for Slay’s struggles however the veteran nook is coming off two straight lackluster seasons now. Maybe he’ll rebound beneath new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, who helped get the most effective out of Xavier Rhodes final 12 months after the Minnesota Vikings lower him. Or perhaps he’ll proceed to underwhelm and this restructure will solely make transferring on from him down the road extra inconvenient.
In any case, Slay is now the second participant we all know for positive that the Eagles are restructuring this offseason. It was beforehand reported that Brandon Graham’s deal is within the strategy of being reworked. There are just a few different gamers that may doubtless be restructured because the Eagles work to get beneath the cap.
Whereas the profit to those restructures is that they assist the Eagles clear area now, it comes on the expense of shedding cap room sooner or later years. Not the top of the world but in addition not splendid.